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Web streaming service to transform use of TV in Australian classrooms

Posted by Screenrights on Thu, 27 Sep 2012 - 12:17pm

A new web streaming service launched in Australia will transform the way in which broadcast TV is used in schools across the country.

Known as EnhanceTV Direct, the innovative service enables the best in educational programs, both past and present, streamed direct to educators wherever they are in Australia. The service gives immediate access to a vast, and growing, library of programs from any internet connected computer.

More than 11,000 educational programs are ready to be streamed with over 100 new programs added weekly. Importantly programs are provided with closed captions to ensure maximum access for all students. The service is accessible anywhere with an internet connection, letting teachers prepare lessons wherever they want – at school or at home, with flexible lesson planning and the ability to create and store lessons using short clips or whole programs, ready to access at any time. The service operates in a secure and safe environment with no advertisements and gives freedom to allow students to access clips and lessons from home.

The service has been developed in-house by the Australian copyright society Screenrights and following a successful trial period is now being offered to schools across the country. It will soon also be available to universities and TAFEs.

Screenrights Licensing and New Business Executive James Dickinson said “EnhanceTV Direct is revolutionary in terms of the use of technology within the classroom and the ease with which teachers and students can access high-quality and diverse contemporary content with minimal effort. It’s a natural extension of our very successful EnhanceTV service which we launched in 2006.

“Being able to edit television programs, add the teacher’s own notes then email to students for their own work, in a matter of a couple of clicks, will transform the day-to-day learning experience for Aussie students. It also ensures our members work is secure and accessed legitimately, whilst giving teachers confidence and flexibility in the way they use AV materials.”

“Screenrights is well-known for always looking at ways we can strengthen the opportunities for the education sector to access content and to value-add to the learning experience. We’re excited by the potential of EnhanceTV Direct as are our members who love their work being taught and valued”, James Dickinson said.

Perth-based Screenrights member, producer Brian Beaton from Artemis Films (Bridge Between Two Worlds, Desperately Seeking Doctors) said "EnhanceTV Direct sounds like a great service for educators. I think it's fantastic that Screenrights is leading the way with the latest technologies in classrooms, and keeping the education license working."

For further information about EnhanceTV Direct and an interview with James Dickinson, please contact:

James Dickinson

Licensing and New Business Executive, Screenrights

P (02) 9904 0133

 

Virginia Gordon

Public Affairs Advisor, Screenrights

mob 0414389551

 

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EnhanceTV Direct webpage

InfoSheet for screen industry - EnhanceTV Direct